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Dennis J. Hutchinson : Additional Activities

External Activities

Co-Chairman, Committee on Resolutions, Memorial Service of the Supreme Court Bar for Byron R. White, Nov. 18, 2002, Washington, D.C.

Member, Board of Directors, Association of American Rhodes Scholars, 1998-2006

Chair, Aydelotte-Kiefer-Sutherland Book Fund Committee, 1998-2006

Referee: University of Chicago Press; Oxford University Press

Member, Board of Directors, Great Books Foundation, from 1996-2002

Editor, The Supreme Court Review, since 1981

Consultant, World Book Encyclopedia, Inc.

Member, Committees of Selection, American Rhodes Scholarships

  • Georgia (1974)
  • Delaware (1975-80)
  • District II (1975-76)
  • Illinois (1983-1991, 1997)
  • Kansas (1992)
  • District V (1998-2004), Secretary
  • District X (2005), Secretary
  • District XII (2009)
  • District XI (2010), Secretary

Member, Boards of Overseers, Bowdoin College, 1975-87, Trustees, since 1987

Co-Director, Institute for Constitutional Studies (Supreme Court Historical Society), June 1999. "The Aims of Education" (Annual Address to Entering Students in The College), Sept. 19, 1999

Member, Board of Education, Illinois Community Consolidated School District No. 181 (K-8), 1987-1995 (President, 1993-1995)

Supreme Court contributing editor, WBEZ (FM) Radio (NPR), Chicago, 1990-1997

Convocation Speaker, The University of Chicago, June 8-9, 1990 ("Two Cheers for Robert Maynard Hutchins")

Distinguished Scholar in Residence, Montana State University, January 1986 (Distinguished Lecturer in the Humanities, "History, Modesty and Constitutional Interpretation," class lectures on "Law, Authority and Legitimacy in Billy Budd" and "Rights of Persons and Rights of Things Today")

Member, Governing Committee, Hyde Park Union Church Nursery School, 1982-84

AMPART Lecturer (USIA), November-December 1983, on American Constitutional Law, in Denmark (Aarhus University), Italy (Trieste, Bologna, Milan, Rome), F. R. G. (Heidelberg, Bonn)

Panelist, National Endowment for the Humanities, 1979-1986

Summer Stipendary Fellow, American History and Law, National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Seminar, Chicago, IL., June 12-July 21, 1978

President, Phi Beta Kappa, Alpha of Maine, 1974-76

Professional Awards

Professional Awards AMOCO Foundation Award for Distinguished Contributions to Undergraduate Teaching, 1992

University of Chicago nominee, Professor of the Year Award, sponsored by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), 1988, 1989

Llewellyn John and Harriet Manchester Quantrell Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, The University of Chicago, 1984

Peter B. Ritzma Associate Professor, The College, The University of Chicago, 1981-82

Academic Service and Administration (University of Chicago)

Master, New Collegiate Division, and Associate Dean of the College, from 1992 (reappointed, 1995, 1998, 2001, 2003, 2006, 2010)

Program Chairman, Law, Letters & Society, from 1992

PERL (Politics, Economics, Rhetoric and Law)
     Program Chairman, 1987-1992
     Program Associate Chairman, 1982-87

Member, Governing Committee, New Collegiate Division, 1982-present

Acting Dean of the College, November 2005, 2007, 2009


  • Chair, Lectureship Review Committee in the College, 1989-1991
  • Member (elected), Committee of the College Council, 1989-1990
  • Member (appointed), University Council on Teaching, 1989-1994
  • University Adviser for Marshall Scholarships in the College, 1989-1997
  • British Scholarships Committee, 1990-1997 (Chair), 2006-present
  • Member, Board of Athletics and Recreational Sports, 1991-1994
  • Member, Task Force on Undergraduate Education, 1994-1995
  • Chair, Drafting Committee, College Curriculum Review Committee, 1997
  • Member, Faculty Clerkship Committee (Law School), from 1997; Chair, from 1999
  • Member, Search Committee: Dean of Students in the College, 2001
  • Chair, Search Committee: Vice President and Dean of Students in the University, 2001
  • Board of Student and Campus Life
    Member, 2001-2004
    Chair, 2002-2004
  • Chair, Steering Committee, Task Force on Housing, 2002
  • Member, Board of University Publications, 2003-2006
  • Member, Advisory Committee, Center for Study of the Principles of the American Founding, 2006-present
  • Member, Campus Security and Safety Committee, 2008
  • Acting Chairman, Committee on the Analysis of Ideas and the Study of Methods, from 2009
  • Member, Search Committee, Association Vice-President for Student and Campus Life, 2009-10
  • Member, Faculty Committee on Readmission to the College, from 2010